Inside Bay Village Schools January 2016
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calendar for 2016-17 approved
The academic calendar for the
2016-17 school year has been approved by the Bay Village Board of Education.
The first day of school for students in the fall of 2016 is August 29.
Calendar for 2016-17...
and Beth Lally join Board of Education
Our two newly-elected Board of
Education members, Beth Lally and Steve Lee, have been sworn in to their new
roles on the board. In addition, Amy Huntley was elected president for 2016 and Gayatry Jacob-Mosier was elected vice president.
recent resignation of board member Michael Caputo (due to his increasing
career responsibilities), the school board has interviewed eight individuals
interested in being appointed to fill the last two years of Caputo's term.
The board will soon announce the new appointment.
Steve Lee and Beth Lally take the Oath of Office to serve on the Bay Village
Board of Education. Read more about them
COSI brings chemistry to Westerly!
Westerly PTA brought the COSI (Center of Science and
Industry) traveling science program - It's Simply Chemistry - to Westerly
students. PTA volunteers manned stations with experiments designed to
introduce new science principles. All the school's students put on their
goggles and experimented with chemicals, using pH measuring strips,
microscopes and more to learn about basic chemistry. Read more about the
Hal Walker is back at Westerly
to infuse music into all kinds of learning. He is teaching students to play
the harmonica and relating the story behind this historical instrument used
in so much of American music. Fourth graders are making banakulas,
African instruments made from seed pods of a tree and tied together with
string. He is also working with a composer group to create songs based on
their current curriculum. For example, when one student described studying
velocity, Walker was delighted, saying the word had its own music when spoken.
(Last year, Walker helped students write a school song.) Westerly vocal
music teacher Carrie Engelbrecht wrote the Bay Village Education Foundation
grant that funded the program.
Hal Walker back at Westerly
Hal Walker explores cultural music and music composing with Westerly
TECHNOLOGY IN OUR SCHOOLS
Schools students increasingly use technology to
communicate, collaborate and explore.
With all that, online safety
education is a priority.
In a carefully designed roll
out, students in grades 5 through 12 have been issued a school-sponsored
Read more here about how student Gmail works for Bay Village Schools
Gmail is yet another tool
available to students and teachers through our Google Apps for Education
district account. The productivity tools allow students and teachers to work
together virtually on documents, presentations and other projects via the
While Google Apps for Education
is free for schools, our Board of Education has earmarked funds received
from the Ohio casino program for adding technology for our students. In
addition, bond issue funds were used to upgrade our wireless network, and
grants through the Bay Village Education Foundation and Bay Village Kiwanis
have also let us add devices and software to enhance available technology
grades 5-12 get school Gmail accounts
Students can now email teachers and other students through new,
school-sponsored Gmail accounts.
Sphero available to students in all
school library/media centers
the app-programmable robotic ball, will be in all four of our school
libraries. Library aides are being trained to help students decide
direction, distance, speed and color to program entertaining and fun
choreography of the ball! More advanced programming is available using
macros and a BASIC-based programming language. Sphero was purchased through
a grant written by Brian Reynolds, District Technology Director and Char
Shryock, Curriculum Director, from the Bay Village Kiwanis through a Bay
Village Education Foundation grants program.
Bay Middle School students visited Egypt, Rome, the
moon and more through 3-D, 360-degree virtual reality using Google
Cardboard! Google Expeditions chose BMS, along with some other area schools,
to beta-test their new VR program. Teachers can guide students on their
"tours" through use of an iPad.
"It won't replace real field trips," said teacher Gary
Fitchpatrick. "But it lets us visit places were we cannot go."
A smart phone is placed inside the Google Cardboard
viewer to access the specially-filmed videos, a growing variety of which are
available online. Moving the viewer changes the viewer's perspective, giving
a 360-degree point of view based on where the viewer is pointed.
School students travel the world and more with Google Cardboard!
Bay Middle School students spin
their Cardboard viewers through 360-degree angles to get a complete look
during their virtual "field trip."
students participate in Hyland Software's "hackathon" to give back to the
Bay High students
(left-to-right) Nathan Dixon (sophomore),
Hope Beatty (freshman),
and Sean Watterson (junior) developed an app to
help a homeless shelter collect needed items. They were the Hyland
Hackathon's winning team! The students are part of Bay High's Technology
Club. Read more about the Hackathon in this
The Bay High Technology Club
also recently hosted computer forensic specialists from the Ohio Bureau of
Criminal Investigation who discussed how they have found criminal evidence
on all types of devices, from laptops to cell phones. The club's advisor is
Aaron Ereditario, Bay High School assistant principal.
Production Studio taking shape at Bay High
A new video production studio is
almost ready for students at Bay High. The Bay Village Education Foundation
awarded $35,000, in celebration of its 30th anniversary, to equip the studio
with cameras, lights, computer editing stations, sound equipment and more.
Technology education teacher Luke Kieffer had students build a platform and
news desk for a broadcast set, and Kieffer is now teaching a class in the
basics of video production techniques. Watch our website as we begin to add
every grade level are learning about
safety, behavior and privacy issues . . .
publishing more details about our technology
programs this year.)
The Bay Village City School
District hired Brian Reynolds this school year as its District Technology
Coordinator. Brian works in concert with Director of Curriculum Char Shryock
and Bay Village Schools faculty members and staff to infuse technology into
learning in a meaningful way. Brian now manages our technology budget, and
he also supervises our talented technology specialists, Michael Streets and
More important information for upcoming events .
Kindergarten eligibility birth date has
changed for 2016
Bay Village Board of Education changed its kindergarten eligibility birth
date to age 5 by August 1 (previously September 30), effective in the fall
of 2016. Parents will continue to have the opportunity to apply for early
Information Night is March 3, 2016!
Kindergarten Screening will take place April 4,
5 and 6, 2016.
information coming in February about screening
More information on Kindergarten Program
Snoball Run is
Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters present the annual
Snoball Run on Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m.! A
5K race and 1-Mile Fun Run will be included.
Run, Walk and Race with the Rockets!
Pre-registration: now through Wednesday,
February 17. Early Packet Pick-up: Friday,
February 19, 3-7 p.m. (onsite day of
registration Saturday, February 20, 7:30 a.m.).
Bay High School West Gym. Register with this
2016 Snoball Run Entry Form or online at
State of the
Schools meeting Thursday, April 7
There will be a "State of the Schools" meeting
on Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. at the K. T. Allen
Education Center (board office). Topics will
include an overview of the facilities upgrades
completed with the 2012 bond issue funds, the
district's current financial position, and
student achievement results. All residents of
Bay Village are welcome and encouraged to
S.E.E.D. Program accepting preschool applications
Peer models in special needs classes enjoy benefits, learn empathy and
Children age 3 by June
of 2016 and potty-trained can be considered for the typical peer program in
S.E.E.D. (Special Early Education Development) at Glenview Center for Child
Care and Learning.
This unique preschool
experience is taught by licensed teachers and combines students having
special needs with their typically-developing peers. Children are screened
in the areas of speech/language, motor skills, social skills/behavior and
cognitive/pre-academic skills. A parent questionnaire also contributes to the
Classes are Monday
through Thursday, 9-11:30 a.m. or 12:15-2:45 p.m. The cost is currently
$550 for the school year; any increase in next year’s rates will be
announced in the spring.
To begin the
registration process, contact Dianne Williams at 440-617-7322. You can also
learn more by visiting www.bayvillageschoolsohio.org/SEED.
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